Templates and Tips

Basic Guidelines for the Best Results:
Printing for over ten years has taught us that everyone likes to create their artwork in their own program. While this is easy during the creation process it makes things a bit difficult in the production process. To ensure timely delivery of your product we request you first start by submitting your artwork in either the standard PDF or a high resolution JPG or TIFF picture file.

If your project has lots of text use the PDF format and for artwork with more graphics and pictures and less text use a high resolution JPG or TIFF. Our production staff will contact you if there are questions about the quality of your order and will walk you through exporting your artwork properly.

  • PDF: Adobe Portable Document Format:
    Many programs will allow you to save to this file type and is a worldwide standard for digital document transfer. PDF's are great for projects with more text than art or when more output control is needed.

  • JPG, TIFF, or Giff:
    These are your picture files and are perfect for simple designs with little text and lots of pictures. Use these file types when supplying artwork for our designers to create your project.

    Files should be sized to products dimensions and divided in half for projects over 11x17 inches. For example a 24x36 inch poster should be sized to 12x18 inches. Resolutions of 225dpi to 300dpi will print best.

  • CorelDraw, Indesign, Quark, Photoshop, Word, Excel and Publisher Formats:
    These file types are for more advanced users and are normally only accepted under special circumstances. We encourage our customers to supply us with a PDF, JPG or TIFF file first, and our pre-production professionals will determine if a native file format is needed.

    In the event a native file is needed you may be required to send us additional fonts, images and/or graphics. These projects will be handled on a customer by customer basis via email.

Please refer to the following JPEG templates when designing your art.